The Best Way to Grill Fruit
Follow these five tips for beautifully charred, juicy fruit every single time.
Grilling is a delicious, healthy way to bring out the flavor of fruit. It's easy to do outdoors or indoors and works for produce from any season. Some of our favorite fruits to grill include bananas, watermelon, peaches, plums, nectarines, apples, pears, pineapple, and mango, but let your imagination run wild! Whatever you choose, follow the steps below for flawlessly flame-kissed fruit.
Choose Fruit That's Ripe-But Not Too Ripe
You want to grill fruit right before you'd normally eat it as is. The raw fruit should be slightly firm so that it holds up on the grill. The heat caramelizes the sugars in fruit and weakens the structure, so something overripe or mushy will be more likely to fall apart.
Bigger Is Better
Cut fruit into large chunks to keep it from falling between the bars of the grill grate. Even if you're working with a grill pan indoors, you want to go for bigger pieces in order to maintain the structure of the fruit. Bonus tip: If you're grilling bananas, keep them in the peel to protect the soft texture-the high heat will ensure that they cook through.
Choose Your Fat
Do Not Disturb
Grill fruit over high heat for three minutes without moving or turning it to get the perfect sear (and coveted grill marks!). Flip and cook for one to three minutes more.
Get Creative with Pairing
Grilled fruit is equally delectable in sweet and savory applications-the possibilities are endless. Try peaches alongside pork chops or chicken. Watermelon makes a refreshing summer salad when combined with feta cheese, mint or basil, olive oil, and flaky sea salt. Pop bananas out of their skin and top with ice cream and chocolate sauce for a new take on banana splits.
Seeking more grilled fruit inspiration? Some of our favorite tried-and-true recipes include appetizers like Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon; entrees Grilled Pork and-Pineapple Tacos and Grilled Chicken with Mango and Mint-Lime Dressing; and desserts Grilled Pound Cake with Peaches and Plums and Grilled Pineapple with Coconut Sorbet.